New weather station fills gaps in Four Corners’ blind spot

New weather station fills gaps in Four Corners’ blind spot

Site at Old Fort Lewis campus to help forecasters, researchers
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As Fort Lewis College juniors Rachael Helvoi, left, and Cody Cly look skyward, physics professor Charlie Hakes discusses the type of data that will be collected from the newly installed weather station. The Four Corners is a “blind spot” to weather radar in Grand Junction, which typically misses conditions below mountaintop elevations.
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A new weather station at the Old Fort Lewis campus outside of Hesperus is part of Texas Tech University’s “West Texas Mesonet,” a network of 99 stations. Charlie Hakes, physics professor at Fort Lewis College, says the goal is to make better weather models of remote locations.
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Data collected from the new weather station will help farmers and ranchers time the growing season more precisely and assist Mesa Verde Helitak pilots, who fly in and out of the Old Fort Lewis campus.
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The 33-foot-tall, $23,000 weather station was financed largely by Texas Tech University. State and federal funding as well as endowments from wind energy companies also helped pay for the station outside Hesperus.
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